Maggie Smith - 'Downton Abbey'
August 13, 2013
Three-time Emmy winner Maggie Smith has been a favorite of stage and screen for decades, and her presence on Downton Abbey as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley draws consistent smiles with her rapier wit, no-nonsense delivery and art of the double-take.
That charisma has also allowed her to walk away with two Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmys for her efforts as Violet. Her third Primetime Emmy win was in 2003 as Best Actress for HBO's My House in Umbria. All in all, Smith has been nominated for seven Emmys.
The British-born Smith has acted in the drama world since she enrolled in drama school at 16 years old and then acted alongside Laurence Olivier at London's Old Vic Theater. In addition to several Masterpiece Theater TV presentations such as David Copperfield, All for Love and All the King's Men, she is well known for her turns in A Room With a View, Gosford Park and the Harry Potter movies.